COVID-19 Update – Introduction of the Canada Emergency Response Benefit

March 25, 2020

On the morning of March 25, 2020, the first wave of federal COVID-19 legislation, An Act respecting certain measures in response to COVID-19 (the “COVID-19 Act”) was passed by the Senate and received Royal Assent.  This omnibus legislation provides for a number of legislative changes that will impact employers and employees.

The focus of this bulletin, however, is solely on the establishment of the new Canada Emergency Response Benefit (“CERB”) which, as announced by the Prime Minister and the Finance Minister in press conferences this morning replaces the previously announced plans to provide the Emergency Care Benefit and Emergency Support Benefit which were addressed in our previous update.


To read the full March 25th, 2020, bulletin, please see the link below: 

COVID-19 update – March 25, 2020


As with all of our previous COVID-19 updates, we caution that the pandemic and the responses of federal and provincial governments continue to evolve by the day and by the hour.

We recognize that the guidance being provided by government authorities (and law firms) can be overwhelming. If you have any questions about any of these programs, or any questions at all about how your workplace should be addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, please do not hesitate to contact us.